Learning Python and Confidently Changing Technical Careers

After he completed his first online course, Juan Carlos was hooked. Several courses later, he confidently transitioned from an engineering role to technical product management at Rolls-Royce. Learn more about his learning journey and how he’s used his new knowledge to give back to the community.

What edX course or program did you take and what were your goals in taking it?

I started with MITx 6.00x, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python. I wanted to learn Python, but also see if I was up to the challenge from such a prestigious institution. It required a significant amount of time over several months, but it was well worth it.

How was your experience learning online?

Superb, I was hooked from the very beginning and rediscovered the joy of learning, not because of a certificate, but because of personal interest. Since then I have completed numerous courses in several platforms and audited countless more. Online learning can be addictive!

How has your learning impacted your career, life, or community?

MITx 6.00x was just the first of several online courses that eventually enabled me years later to confidently change my career at Rolls-Royce, from an engineering role into product management. 

In Summer 2017, I decided to give back to the community and started a CoderDojo in Berlin, a free programming club for children. This has been a very fulfilling experience.

How do you plan to use your learning in the future? What’s next for you?

I get to use things that I have learned on MOOCs every day at work! I even get to do some coding from time to time, and the more you know, the more you realize how many things you don't know yet. You have to remain curious as there are new technologies coming up all the time.

What advice would you give new edX students?

Find a topic you are passionate about and invest in knowledge. But knowledge without application or sharing with others is not worth much.

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